Heartland Village is an interesting little neighborhood that really is shaped kind of like a heart, situated between Latourette Park and Freshkills Park on Staten Island. Homes in this neighborhood are primarily attractive three-story family homes that sit flush together in pre-planned communities. The forest bordering the neighborhood on one side is very pleasant while you travel the sidewalk along these pre-planned townhomes.
The forest of Latourette Park is thick and lush, and at its back is a winding creek that empties out into Freshkills Park. If you are tired of the planned neighborhood streets of Heartland Village, you will love the chance to wander through this natural forest environment with your dog. Your dog will appreciate an opportunity to run on a loose leash after being relatively contained on the streets of Heartland Village.
Forest fades into marshland and grassland to provide you and your dog with a wide variety of environments to explore around Heartland Village.
Walking through Heartland Village feels very much like city walking with the pre-planned townhomes that are closely spaced. While walking through the neighborhood of Heartland is not at all unpleasant, you may find that you would prefer heading into the forest of Latourette Park or into the fields of Freshkills Park.
Hiking through the forest is very pleasant, especially if you stick to the well-maintained trails. If you would rather get adventurous and wander off the beaten trail, your dog will probably love it, but be careful that you are equipped with the right footwear.
If you break off the path at the back of the forest you will find yourself at Richmond Creek. This beautiful winding creek travels through miles of wetland before emptying into the greater waterway. If you are equipped with the right wading boots or a canoe or kayak you could enjoy exploring the waterway with your dog.
Heartland Village has a good balance of greenways surrounding it, with forest on one side and marshland and grass on the other. This is one of the rare areas where you can experience a wide range of environments in relatively close proximity to one another. You will love walking along the trails of the prairie of Freshkills Park with your dog, enjoying a game of frisbee or ball and letting your dog run on a loose leash while looking out over the gorgeous marshes beyond.
Wandering through the forest can give you the opportunity to see some fascinating wildlife that you don't get a chance to see in much of New York. This forest is large enough to support significant wildlife like deer and wild turkey, as well as a wide variety of bird life both residential and migratory. Your exploration opportunities are unlimited as park fades into park after park, providing a variety of grassland, wetland, and river environments for you to explore.